Have you thought of publishing books? Not long ago, authors who wanted an easy way to publish their books would turn to a company that Author Solutions owned: AuthorHouse, iUniverse, and the like. In fact, it seemed as if Author Solutions, which was later bought by Penguin Random House, owned just about all of the turnkey book publishing solutions for authors.
Although this book publicist hasn’t yet read David Brock’s new book, Killing the Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary Clinton and hijack Your Government, she does know an amazingly fortunate book promotion opportunity when she sees it. Wow! Brock’s book was featured today on CNN.com in an article called David Brock’s new book takes on GOP, New York Times.
Even someone who’s jaw isn’t on the floor when she sees book reviews unexpectedly achieve the prominence in important venues such as CNN.com, and who doesn’t think of “book promotion opportunities” before all else when she’s reading the news <winking while her tongue is firmly planted in her cheek>, would be impressed with David Brock’s good luck.
Independent authors: what’s your Plan B if Amazon fails?
Once upon a time, it hardly mattered to authors and publishers if one book printer or book distributor or bookstore failed. There were so many others that nobody would miss it all that much.
But now we have independent authors and small publishers that rely solely on Amazon’s ecosystem (through CreateSpace and KDP) to publish, print, and distribute their books. Need a book cover for your printed book? You can use Amazon’s Cover Creator to design one. Need a cover for your ebook? You’re in luck; Amazon has a Cover Creator tool for your Kindle ebook, too. The only hitch is that, once you’ve used Cover Creator to create the cover, Amazon owns that cover. You can’t take it with you — if, for example, you wanted to bring your book to iUniverse, Lulu, or IngramSpark, or even to a traditional offset printing company.
Writing isn’t as easy as eBook novelist, Claire Davon, makes it look. Here’s what Claire has to say about her writing habits. (Note that Claire’s e-Books will have special pricing on Amazon for the next few days as part of her book promotion and book marketing campaign. Click here to find out more.)
By Claire Davon
Art is hard to consistently write for this romance and action/adventure novelist!
Amazon has recently implemented a policy change that may or may not affect all of us in the publishing industry. I can’t quite figure out what policy Amazon is changing, however, and I’ve been scratching my head over this for two days. I’ve now read three articles on the subject (here’s one article from LibraryThing itself), and I’m no wiser than I was before.
Here’s the part that I think I understand. LibraryThing is moving book-buying links to all booksellers besides Amazon from its main pages to subsidiary pages. It’s doing that, if I understand correctly, because Amazon will no longer share information with any subsidiaries that have links to booksellers other than Amazon on their home pages.
There’s been plenty of buzz recently about a glitch (or, perhaps, something far more purposeful and sinister than a glitch) in Amazon’s ranking system. (If you want to catch up on the story, click on the New York Times story here.) There’s been a copyright battle brewing between the Authors Guild and Amazon over the Kindle 2’s “text-to-speech” functionality. (For more on that story, click directly on the Authors Guild Web site.)
Could Amazon someday make major publishers superfluous? Amazon probably would like to offer the perfect publication and delivery system for books (I want a Kindle, as soon as a few of the current kinks — big and small — are worked out). And Amazon has already revolutionized the book publishing industry.
Well, literary boys and girls, I’m sorry to be the book publicist to break it to you, but…well, there’s just not easy way to say this. Amazon and Borders are getting a divorce.
It wasn’t anything that you did. In fact, it wasn’t about you at all. It was just that Borders needed its own Web site. Sometimes, that happens, even when two companies loved each other once upon a time and cohabitated (or, at least, shared a Web site) for years and years (in this case, seven years).